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On June 10th, it was revealed that the Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III, initially marketed as launching on Steam, would be moving to the Epic Games Store, much to the furor of many of its backers. Since this revelation, many backers have contacted Ys Net with inquiries on receiving refunds. Unfortunately, these requests have been denied as early as June 10th, without providing any reason, with the Shenmue III team simply apologizing for the “sudden change in platform.” This screenshot, taken by Fireye on Resetera, shows the full Kickstarter backer message. On June 14th, Ys Net released a Kickstarter post entitled “A message from Ys Net, Epic Games, and Deep Silver” The post reads as follows, Ys Net has acknowledged the backlash, yet still provided no statement on the matter. However, on June 11th, an FAQ section was added to the Shenmue III website, revealing more information on the Epic Games Store exclusivity deal under the FAQ's Pre-Order tab. While Ys Net and Deep Silver are undoubtedly abusing the masses who funded the title with false advertising, consumers who elected to not contribute to the Kickstarter campaign can take solace in an eventual Steam release of the title. We are awaiting Ys Net's next update regarding this refund issue. Shenmue III launches on November 19th, 2019. Be sure to check our up to date fixes article when the game is released.
Tim Sweeney, founder of the mega-popular studio Epic Games, took to Twitter in a dialogue regarding the recent Shenmue III fiasco. For those unaware, Shenmue III is a crowdfunded game produced by Ys Net. At E3 2019’s PC Gaming Show, Ys Net announced that Shenmue III would be launching on the Epic Games Store, instead of the previously announced Steam platform. Many backers were aggravated at the bait-and-switch, with no option to receive a Steam key, nor a refund. Sweeney revealed an alleged Steam policy discovered through partner discussions, “Valve policy prohibits providing Steam keys for games that aren’t going to be available at launch on Steam.” Furthermore, Sweeney criticizes the policy, “Steam policy change traps crowdfunded projects into either launching on Steam for 30% or offering backers refunds.” He further clarifies, “By “traps”, I just mean: requires that the game be distributed on Steam, ruling out any funding opportunity associated with exclusivity or preferential terms that might “disadvantage Steam customers”” Finally, when inquired about the fairness behind paying for exclusivity, Sweeney states “Valve has every right to make deals with developers and publishers to secure more exclusives, just as Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Epic Games do!” What are your thoughts on the matter? If Valve truly has a policy prohibiting keys for non-launch titles, would you agree that Steam is "trapping crowdfunded projects"?
Andytizer posted a topic in News and general PC gamingTim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, has surprised us all by confirming that talks are ongoing with GOG.com to integrate Epic Games Store with GOG and their service, GOG Galaxy 2.0. This is surprising considering that Epic Games Store strategy has been one of exclusivity - although we note that this pertains mostly to Steam rather than Microsoft or other online distribution platforms. See the tweet here: We await news on what happens next - will Epic Games Store games get any rich integrations with GOG Galaxy 2.0?